Extra bases

Extra bases

• Cubs manager Dale Sveum has watched the Blackhawks play and is a little envious.

"I always say if I come back in a second life, it'd be as a hockey player," Sveum said. "It's such a true sport that you can't do anything but play hard the whole game. It's OK to be physical, it's OK to fight, it's OK to do all that stuff. It's just a great sport. To do that kind of sport on ice and skates with a stick in your hand, I think is the purest form of athletes there are."

On Saturday, the Blackhawks took a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals with a 3-1 win over the Bruins.

• Catcher Steve Clevenger's Minor League rehab assignment ended Saturday, but he was experiencing some tenderness and will be reevaluated after some rest. The Cubs were expected to make a roster move prior to Tuesday's game, and Clevenger had been one of the options. He has been sidelined with a strained left oblique.

• Javier Baez, the No. 1 Cubs prospect, hit his 16th home run in the first inning Saturday off Major Leaguer Kyle Drabek, who was making his first start since elbow surgery. Baez also hit an RBI single in the third in Class A Daytona's 2-1 win over Dunedin.

"It doesn't matter who is on the mound -- he has to throw strikes," Baez told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Baez is tied for first in the Florida State League in home runs, but is the active leader, as the other two players were promoted to Double-A. He also ranks among the FSL leaders with 52 RBIs.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.